Online Therapy USER Pages
Website: The website is now complete and ready for use with clients. Our therapy programs are based on previously developed and researched programs from Australia.
Training Program: Training programs for students and professionals have been developed. We have now trained more than 100 students and providers in how to deliver Online-CBT.
Future Research Projects: Research projects are attempting to answer the following questions:
- Can we accurately inform patients about, and engage patients, in ICBT through an online presentation?
- Can we screen patients for ICBT using an online screening in a way that is satisfactory to patients and providers?
- How effective is a 5-module transdiagnostic ICBT program that is suitable for depression and or anxiety when offered by community providers or supervised students and what variables predict patient outcomes?
- What are the perceived strengths and challenges encountered by community providers and students using transdiagnostic ICBT?
- What is the impact of this research on decision-making surrounding routine use of ICBT in Saskatchewan?
- What factors facilitate or constrain adoption of ICBT in clinical practice?
- In 2016, The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health began providing $356, 000 a year to the Online Therapy Unit to continue to provide online mental health services to Saskatchewan residents.
- The Online Therapy Research team was award the Partnership for Health System improvement grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research 2013-2016 to evaluate the above research questions.
- Marcie Nugent was selected to attend the SPARK Institute by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
- Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos was awarded the 2010 SHRF Achievement award in part for her research on Online Therapy.
- Shannon Jones obtained CIHR funding to fund her doctoral dissertation research entitled "Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: How Is Age a Factor?"
- Nicky Pugh was awarded the BMO Financial Group Fellowship for Rural and Northern Studies for her dissertation entitled “Effectiveness of Training in Therapist Guided Internet Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy"
- Lindsay Friesen obtained CIHR funding for her MA research entitled "Facilitators and Barriers Associated with the Implementation of Internet-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Urban and Rural Settings"
- Nicole Alberts obtained CIHR funding for her doctoral dissertation research entitled “Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression among Cancer Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”
- The Online Therapy Unit was awarded a Partnership for Health Systems Improvement grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research from 2010-2013 to establish and evaluate the Unit.
Expected Contributions: The Online Therapy USER will have a substantial impact on how Online-CBT is financed, organized, managed, and delivered in Saskatchewan, as well as potentially other areas of Canada. We will provide valuable information on how to best develop Online-CBT programs, offer training in Online-CBT, and incorporate Online-CBT into provincial mental health programs.